Details of our next rideout
The next rideout is planned for Sunday 1st August leaving Montford Bridge picnic area at 09:30 and is open to members and non members. The ride will be led by Hugh Trevor-Jones with Tim Moore as Tail End Charlie. The route will be posted on the Route Library page and is able to be downloaded to your Garmin or TomTom Sat-Nav devices. Please note, if downloading (exporting) to a Garmin device and you get straight lines instead of nice curvy lines then choose Garmin Old (GPX 1.o). As always, if you need any assistance please get in touch. [email protected]
As we are now commencing rideouts again we are in need of members to lead future rideouts. If you are happy/confident that you can lead a bunch of riders across the country, keep them all together and get them fed and watered then please come and have a go. A link to ‘Ride Leaders’ and tips on what is involved can be found in the list on the members page.
Advanced riding in action and great days out!
SaPAR has a social rideout on the first Sunday of the month between April and December. Unless otherwise stated, rideouts will usually depart at 09:30 from Montford Bridge picnic area on the A5 in Shrewsbury. If you intend to eat at the cafe before the ride please allow enough time to be ready for the ride briefing (15 minutes before departure time). Members and non-members are welcome to come along and join us. These rideouts are a great way for members to get to know each other. Non-members can use these days out to see the advanced system of motorcycling at first hand, to learn about the group and hopefully decide to join us as a member. A typical run will cover from 100 to 170 miles depending on the time of year and conditions. We employ the “Second Man Drop Off” system to mark the route and keep the group together. Also, the use of a “Back-Marker” who never overtakes anyone ensures that there is no pressure on anyone to ride outside their personal comfort zone. Occasionally we also have longer runs, in addition to the regular monthly trips, and these always include regular stops to prevent fatigue.
Important Information – Please Read
Please note that some rides can be long, especially during the summer months and will almost certainly include some ‘interesting’ roads. Riders are reminded that they must ride within their capabilities at all times. There are opportunities to leave the ride at any time so long as Tail End Charlie is notified.
Marking: To ensure that the ride makes progress in a safe and positive manner it is important that markers are confident and ensure that the route direction is maintained and that their personal safety is ensured. The ride leader expects that the rider following him/her will mark the junction correctly and safely and will point to the location that requires marking. The marker will indicate with arm gestures the direction that he wants following riders to take and watch for Tail-end Charlie and rejoin the group ahead of him. To achieve this the rider following the leader should be close enough to the ride leader to observe any signal given by him/her and take the appropriate action. That said, if any new members or guests find themselves riding behind the leader and are not confident to mark the junction then they should slow down and let a more experienced rider pass in order that they may mark the junction. Failure to do this could result in the junction being left unmarked and following riders not taking the correct route.
Lunch and Comfort Stops: It is usual when stopping for a lunch or coffee break to scurry off, usually to the toilets. Before doing so please check with the ride leader what time you should be ready to depart. This will depend on the time that tail end Charlie arrives which could be significantly later than the ride leader. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are back in the car/bike park in time for departure. The ride leader WILL NOT go searching for you.
Don’t be shy: If you are a new member or have come along to see the rideout in action please introduce yourself to a SaPAR member with a Hi-Viz jacket (with the SaPAR logo on it). They will make you welcome and introduce you to other members of the group.
In the event of unsafe conditions, floods, ice etc. It is the ride leader’s prerogative to cancel the ride. Better to miss a ride than cause harm to riders or machines.
There are rules regarding the rideout and by taking part you agree to adhere to these rules:
- In order to keep the group together it is desirable that members and guests on the ride shall be identifiable by wearing something that lets other riders and Tail End Charlie (TEC) know that they are on the ride or marking a junction.
- Tutors and full members will have been issued Hi-Viz vests with the SaPAR Logo printed on them. Can I ask that those attending the rideouts wear them?
- For guests or associate members who have not yet received their Hi-Viz vests there will be some spares available for you to borrow.
- If you are marking a junction, be sure to indicate with strong arm gestures where the following riders should go. This is not a good time to be checking your Emails.
- Whilst riding, try to keep an eye on other riders in front and behind you, if they disappear they may be in trouble.
- If you intend leaving the rideout before the end please let TEC know and leave either before or after the group so as not to confuse things. A rider suddenly veering off course causes concern and TEC could go chasing after them. If you leave and have a loaned Hi-Viz please return it to TEC before you leave.
- Protective clothing must be suitable for riding a motorcycle in the current and expected conditions. Riders arriving at Montford Bridge expecting to ride with the group in shorts and flip flops will be disappointed.
- You are responsible for your own riding.
- Speed limits will be obeyed.
- Overtaking within the group is allowed so long as it is done safely and courteously. Do not overtake the ride leader.
- You must be in control of you motorcycle at all times.
- Motorcycles MUST be taxed and where necessary MOT’d.
- You must have a driving licence and insurance for the machine that you ride.
- We ride to the slowest riders abilities.
- This is a social event, neither SaPAR, it’s officers or RoSPA can be held responsible for any injury or damage however caused. It is your responsibility to ride responsibly and within the law.
- Always be punctual and with sufficient fuel. (Fuel stops will be made during the day.)